Charles Moore

Should Michael Jackson’s music be banned?

Should Michael Jackson's music be banned?
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Why does it follow that, because an artist or performer is an appalling human being, his work should be banned? Speaking at Oxford in the late 19th century, Paul Verlaine introduced himself thus: ‘Je suis Paul Verlaine — poète, ivrogne, pédéraste.’ His work survived. Yet nearly a century and a half later, Michael Jackson has his music banned by the BBC.

This is an extract from Charles Moore's Spectator Notes, which appears in the forthcoming issue of the magazine, out tomorrow